Erect, xerophytic, stiff, branched, glabrous or minutely papillose green shrublets, ±0.3-0.6 m high. Rhizome typical; root system extensive, lateral root tubers may be present. Stems hard, with short branches and branchlets, minutely striate. Spines poorly developed. Branches ascending, straight or laxly zigzagging. Cladodes borne on abbreviated branchlets, solitary, linear, ±30-40 x 2-5 mm, but variable in size, acute, striate, hard. Flowers few to many, in sessile apical fascicles subtended by small, hard, brown, acute bracts at base; tepals delicate, ±4 mm long, white, persistent; stalks ±5 mm long, articulated in lower half. Stamens typical. Ovary with ±10 ovules in each locule; oblong. Berry 1-or 2-seeded, globose, ±5 mm in diameter, orange or red.
Erect shrublet to 60 cm, stems minutely striate with weak spines. Cladodes single, linear, hard and striate. Flowers few to many on an apical disc, tepals and filaments spreading.
Small, stiff shrub, up to 1.2 m high. Roots with tubers on side roots, some distance away from rhizome. Stems erect, branches somewhat zigzagging (pseudo-sympodial). Spines poorly developed. Cladodes on short branches, solitary, linear, ± 30-40 x 2-5 mm, acute, striate, hard. Flowers: in apical fascicles; tepals white; Oct.-Dec. Fruit a berry.
Occurs in southern, eastern and northern Cape, Karoo and western O.F.S.